Skip to comments.The Peace-Loving, Road-Blocking, Window-Smashing Protesters at the RNC
Posted on 09/01/2008 7:12:18 PM PDT by kristinn
It's around noon and I'm driving to the Xcel Center in St. Paul when a group of kids pulls police tape across the intersection of 10th Street and Jackson. I ask a nearby girl to let me through. I'm not a cop, I say, and I'm not a delegate. I just want to find the parking lot. She smiles, flashes a peace sign, and turns away. Apparently people looking for parking are not the enemy.
Now everyone's running up Sixth, away from the shrieking sirens. I hear a crash. I look to my right and see a ground-level window in Macy's shattering. Bits of glass scatter across the sidewalk. A kid wearing a black bandana across his face is walking away. He's holding a hammer. He walks up to an empty cop car and sends the hammer through the driver's window. Another guy is yanking off the license plate. Further up the street, I see someone slashing the tires of a parked Ford sedan. A giant TV camera is filming him as he does it.
Everyone starts to panic a little. "We're gonna get ****** up, man," says one guy. They all swarm into a nearby parking lot. It's full of cars, which I guess gives them cover. At the back of the lot, I see the "medics" huddling around the guy who was carrying the hammer a moment ago. His scarf is gone. Blood is streaming down his wrist and pooling on the pavement. I ask how it happened. "I'm asking you to please leave," one of them says. "Did he smash a window?" I ask. "We don't want media here," she says. "You wanted media five minutes ago," I say. "We don't want it now," she says.
(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...
“This is a good write up of the protests.”
Versus what is being reported in the local (Twin Cities) media.
Only one local media news vehicle was attacked. Tires slashed....
The local FOX outlet.
Just hang ‘em by the neck on a rope for an hour or so. I think their behavior will be much improved by the experience.
The fact that the left-leaning Slate is
calling out their own is a great credit to them. They are a fine publication.
Read the intro to “Misunderestimated,” to get an idea of a moment in the life of a true conservative.
Protests are fine but when someone puts on a mask they should be arrested immediately! They are hiding their faces for a reason.
I finally spot four members of my groupthat's how I think of them
These idiots were chanting, “The whole world’s watching!”. Good grief, talk about old hackneyed cliches. Might as well be screeching, “23 skidoo!”
I am on real limited time before we get back on our not so fun journey here so to the point I am curious (webtv links take for ever to go too)...
Is this for real or is it fiction?
I don't drive an Escalade, but if any of these idiots tried to block my progress on a public road, they'd best be prepared to pick pieces of my front bumper out of their rears.
I'll tell them ONE time to get out of the way, then I will consider them part of the street....
“Protestors throw bricks at Alabama delegates’ bus”
The whole world really is watching this time, since the media can’t cover for the communards, at least not completely.
They are being exposed for the criminals they are.
Naw...too drastic. Just use plastic ties to tie them to a nearby lamp post, pull their pants down to their ankles and leave them there so the rest of society to make fun of them. Get a couple of pictures while your at it and send it to their parents so they know how their kids are spending their time. Oh...the parents have to pay a hefty fine to get the police to cut them free.
The Slate reporter wasn't on scene when the Connecticut and Alabama delegations got attacked. That was ugly and dangerous.
Club, cuff, and cage. It’s the only way.
And have Nelson come and mock them (I saw "The Simpsons Movie" too)
Protesters smash the windows of a police car during an anti-war rally at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Never have I listened to the English language strung together in such a non-sensical manner.
Words of oppresion and we are right and the RNC will pay and Bush and Iraq, and Iran, and Afghanistan and money for the poor and welfare and me and you and ...
My head spun.
“That looks like a d**k, only smaller.”
“My name is David Goodner, and I am a 26-year-old senior at the University of Iowa majoring in international studies and human rights. My biggest influence is Amy Goodman, a nationally syndicated columnist and host of the progressive radio show Democracy Now!”
Joe Johns, CNN reporter, poo-pooed this as a “very small number of college kids” who “broke a few windows.” I’m sure that he would have thought it much more serious had they done anything like this in Denver.
There is a college major called “human rights”?
David Goodner— Cut the Military budget and reinvest
All you law ‘n order conservatives waiting for leftist cops in liberal cities to arrest their brother scum are delusional. Won’t happen. There is no law in liberal cities, only Marxism and its goals.
We’re at war. Realize it. Quit the crap of passively taking beatings. No one, law enforcement, democrats, republicans, the chief of police or the prosecuting attorney, will rescue you.
I love it when peace activists turn violent...
Who We Are/Points of Unity
The RNC Welcoming Committee is an anarchist/anti-authoritarian organizing body formed to prepare for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The RNC-WC, composed primarily of Twin Cities-based anarchists and anti-authoritarians, will function as an informational clearinghouse and organize a spokescouncil for RNC resistance. We will coordinate logistics (food, housing, transportation), and engage in education and outreach.
Without falling prey to the centralized, hierarchical tendencies that have dominated such convergences in the past, we hope that the RNC-WC will maintain a unified, anti-authoritarian presence at the 2008 RNC. Our numbers are huge, and its time that our actions reflected that.
Following are our points of unity. We invite all individuals and groups committed to these ideas to participate in the Welcoming Committee.
Those who work with the RNC Welcoming Committee must agree to:
1. A rejection of Capitalism, Imperialism, and the State;
2. Resist the commodification of our shared and living Earth;
3. Organize on the principles of decentralization, autonomy, sustainability, and mutual aid;
4. Work to end all relationships of domination and subjugation, including but not limited to those rooted in patriarchy, race, class, and homophobia;
5. Oppose the police and prison-industrial complex, and maintain solidarity with all targets of state repression;
6. Directly confront systems of oppression, and respect the need for a diversity of tactics.
“This is a good write up of the protests.”
Yes, and more. It’s a great after-action report, and it exposes the foolishness of the protestors simply by detailing their words and futile actions.
The World Cant Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime
Go online to worldcantwait.org for breaking news and info on protests in Denver during the Democratic National Convention.
(rwor.org is the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party)
FYI: World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime is a Maoist-revolutionary movement organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party. (scroll down the list that appears (after clicking link) to find the World Can't Wait organization --rwor.org is the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party):
From David Horowitz's FrontpageMag.com /DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
Profile: World Can't Wait (WCW)
*Revolutionary communist movement that stages protests against the Bush administration
*Organizes college and high-school students
*Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger, a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party
Seasons of Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project
Nick Kinkel, 19, Des Moines, Iowa
Mickey Davis, 16, Waukee, Iowa
Joy First, 53, Madison, Wisconsin
Jeff Leys, 43, Chicago, Illinois
Dan Pearson, 26, Chicago, Illinois
Suzanne Sheridan, 31, Chicago, Illinois
Ed Bloomer, 60, Des Moines, Iowa
Ron Durham, 26, Chicago, Illinois
Kathy Kelly, 54, Chicago, Illinois
Elton Davis, 45, Des Moines, Iowa
Renee Espeland, 46, Des Moines, Iowa
Robert Braam, 51, Manhaton, Illinois
Chrissy Kirchoefer, 30, Marseilles, Illinois
David Goodner, 26, Iowa City, Iowa
Mona Shaw, 56, Des Moines, Iowa
Chris Guant, 51, Grinnell, Iowa
Brian Terrell, 51, Maloy, Iowa
Farah Mokhtareizadeh, 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Given the discipline of the anarchist groups described here and the tactical skills they demonstrate, a squad of 8-12 disguised counterprotesters with a basic plan, push-to-talk phones and a rudimentary spoken code (and with a regard for the civil rights of the anarchists that equals the anarchists' regard for the the law) could inflict enough physical damage and spread enough internal panic to neutralize a group of 200 or more anarchists in about 15 minutes.
The entire strategy of these groups is to confront the police just enough to get good video on the news shows - which is simple enough.
Other than that, they do zero ground reconnaissance, they slavishly follow the lead of anyone with red tape on his back, and they are dumb enough to smash a pane of display window glass with a hand-held hammer.
Anyone who familiarizes themselves with the ground, carries a reversible jacket with red tape on one side and has a black bandanna in his pocket could have endless fun with these sheep. None of them know how to fight, few are in good enough shape to outrun a normally fit person and few of them can think their way out of a wet paper bag if they are excited or confused.
GOP should play this up. I would like to hear McCain and Palin both talk about hatred and violence from the left in their speeches, but I suspect that like GWB, they will let it go. I wouldn’t if I were on that platform.
Anyway what can Gov Pawlenty do here? At least a Republican is in the governor’s office there. Sounds like they need the national guard to quell these animals from their savagery.
Protests hell it ia anarchy. The sobs should be shot on sight.
One does not destroy personal private property as a “protest”.
“Directly confront systems of oppression, and respect the need for a diversity of tactics.”
‘However, since confrontation might mean we get our a$$es kicked, break car windows, slash some tires and run like hell.’
sergeantdave is quite correct, for all that he diminishes the issue. "Passively taking beatings?" Passively taking the totalitarian laws being passed all around you is the current appeasement.
Sheeple get what they deserve. They may be the last to be eaten, but eaten they will be -- as dessert.
Obviously these people do not have jobs, so where do they get the money to travel all over the world? Who is paying them?
Real cute, but the latter two prevail over and nullify the former two. Sieg heil, tovarisch komrad!
You have to be kidding me. An effective “shank” can be made in ten minutes or less from nothing more than a prison-issue plastic toothbrush, utilizing the concrete you inevitably find in walls, ceilings and floors in prison. (So I am told.)
Midwest Regional Coordinator
Campus Antiwar Network
david-goodner (at) uiowa.edu
The bloody and unjust U.S. occupations continue, while the majority opposes them. Veterans speak out against the war and the media is silent. It’s time to get together and organize a strong student antiwar movement!
Hundreds of students from campuses across the Midwest will be convening to share their organizing experiences. Together, through workshops and plenaries, we’ll try to address some of the issues facing the antiwar movement today, educating ourselves, as well as combining efforts to create long and short-term strategies to end the war.
speakers Karen Kubby, Emma Goldman Clinic, and Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker
Vincent Emanuele from Iraq Veterans Against the War
MCs - Alicia Rosignol (DePaul) and Kerry George (UIAC)
Marty Webster - National Coordinator of VVAW
George Martin, lifetime peace activist
Racism Against Arab and Muslims, by Shams Ghoneim
coordinator for the Iowa chapter of Muslim Public Affairs
Shams Ghoneim is a University of Iowa alumnus and a recent retiree.
Shams Ghoneim and Moving Towards a Glorious Islam
not the whole story. vandalism all over the city. the protesting was week. but their are leftist everywhere.
my wife was coming home from work, and she saw the whole thing. the cops were just standing around. they didnt do anything at all to stop it, it was just a week protest and never really got off the ground.
its those anarchist groups that really did anything. mostly the “peacefull protesters” just stood around with thier signs. small groups of anarchist destroyed property(cop cars, smashed a few windows out, tipped over trash cans and dumpsters and vanalised).
i saw one train in particular that had: “no nrc” spray painted on it.
But the cops really didnt do anything about the rioters that did damage, they just sat around even when their own police car was busted up right in front of them. the cops are all liberals in the twin cities and didn’t seem like they were bothered by the protest to much.
had this thing been a bigger protest i think the cops would have just let it go. there wasn’t a whole lot of damage because the protest was weak.
damn liberals are running around like the criminals they are. the city is infested with those rats. thank God i live in the ‘burbs!
the leftist cops in minnesota did nothing! you are correct. my wife saw it first hand on her way home from work this afternoon!
That's what is passing for education in sociology classes at Vanderbilt.
Weird, how the commie left goes on and on about such things as "human rights", when there hasn't been a communist regime throughout history that didn't brutally oppress their people.